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The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation department invites you to launch your holiday weekend by listening to a USO-style performance from the Millennium Concert Band on July 3 at Millennium Plaza Park at 7 p.m.

Under the direction of Dale Cleland, you will be entertained with patriotic, military and marching compositions. Veterans are honored during this exceptional evening performance, which features a ceremonial presentation of colors from the Lake Oswego Police Honor Guard.

Here are some other local offerings:by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Get your neighborhood, book club, Boy Scout troop to dress up and march in the Fourth of July Parade.

July 4 Star Spangled Parade and Celebration. It’s time to celebrate our many freedoms. So don your patriotic colors, decorate your wagons and enjoy an old fashioned 4th of July celebration. Join the fun or watch your friends stroll down A Avenue. The parade features an authentic fife and drum band, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, classic cars and more. A huge thank you to Lakeside Bicycles, sponsor of the bike corral for the Star Spangled Parade. When guests arrive at Millennium Plaza Park, they will be welcomed with live music from the Menace Band, face-painting, balloon animals and a pie-eating contest.

Swim Park. The Lake Oswego Swim Park, located at 250 Ridgeway Road, opens July 1. Enjoy the sun and park amenities including water shooters, inner tubes, park chairs and chaise lounges. The park is open seven days a week, noon to 6 p.m. until Aug. 30. Certified lifeguards will be on duty at all times during open hours, but children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an individual 16 years or older. Swim park entry is free and available to residents of Lake Oswego.

LO Explorers-Junkyard Shenanigans. LO Explorers is a weekly themed camp for school-age students which combines two field trips a week and a fresh approach to activities. Man’s trash is our treasure. Explore the art of extreme junk upcycling with activities like junk sculptures and bottle cap wind chimes. Spend Friday exploring OMSI. For ages 7 to 12, July 1 through 5 (no camp July 4), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $160.

Kindercamp-Build it Big! Join our half-day camp for children ages 4 through the completion of kindergarten. This camp is staffed by the professionals from Vermont Hills Family Life Center. Children sing songs, play games, listen to stories and create arts and crafts in an outdoor setting. Rainout location is at the West End Building 4101 Kruse Way. For ages 4 to 6, July 1 through 3, 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $55.

Knitting Camp. Join others learning to knit. Each participant begins with a dishcloth and upon completion, moves on to a small project such as a scarf, headband or a small bag. For ages 12 and over, July 1 through 5 (no camp July 4), 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $34.

Everyone Is An Artist-Drawing. Learn different drawing techniques from contour and perspective to still life, figure, flowers and composition. Explore brain function in relation to creativity and consider art appreciation in a historical context. For ages 16 and older, July 2 through Aug. 6, 9 to 11 a.m. Cost is $61.

Kayaking. Learn to paddle an Inflatable kayak with a partner, then float and paddle down the lower Clackamas River. Learn paddle strokes and commands, how to turn and maneuver and keep yourself safe. For ages 9 and older, July 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $71.

Class registration information

Pre-registration is required for nearly all Parks & Recreation classes and activities. Class information is in the Parks & Recreation Guide available at the West End Building, also online at lakeoswegoparks.org. You may register by Internet, mail (at Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation, West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego, 97035), drop off materials during business hours at the WEB, fax to 503-697-6579 or phone 503-675-2549. Non-residents generally pay more than fees shown. For more information on classes please visit our website: lakeoswegoparks.org.

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